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Tampa trial attorney Steve Yerrid on ABC Action News to talk about Florida’s legal response to BP oil catastrophe

July 28th, 2010 No comments

Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid, who talks about Florida’s legal strategy in dealing with BP on ABC Action News, has been appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist as Special Counsel to advise him and the state on such matters on a pro bono basis.

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Tampa attorneys Steve Yerrid and Carl Nelson featured in Florida Trend

July 28th, 2010 No comments

Florida Trend magazine’s August issue has nifty piece – dubbed “Oil in the Court” – about Florida’s legal strategy in dealing with BP on the oil catastrophe

Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid has been appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist as Special Counsel to advise him and the state on such matters on a pro bono basis.

A bit more about Steve Yerrid: he has won upwards of 200 jury verdicts and settlements of more than $1 million over his career, including the nation’s largest jury verdict awards in two of the past several years. Most recently he secured what’s believed to be the biggest arbitration award in Florida’s – and the country’s – history.

Yerrid was a member of the “dream team” of a dozen of Florida’s finest trial lawyers who in the late 90s joined to battle Big Tobacco on behalf of the citizens who had been injured by that deadly product. Over several years of grueling work, he and the team did what would have been beyond the capacity of the state to accomplish. In the end, Big Tobacco was forced to repay taxpayers $11 billion.

As a young trial lawyer, he successfully represented the pilot of the Summit Venture, a phosphate freighter that on May 9, 1980 rammed the Sunshine Skyway bridge, causing its collapse and plunging 35 people to their deaths.

Tampa attorney Carl Nelson, of Fowler White Boggs, is an expert on maritime oil spill legal matters.

Nelson represented owners of vessels involved in Florida’s worst environmental disaster – the $50-million cleanup and damage costs of the huge oil spill resulting from the collision the 1993 collision of three vessels in Tampa Bay. This accident – and the court battle that followed – was the first significant oil spill case since enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which set much of the groundwork for holding oil companies responsible for oil spills (a law born of the 11 million-gallon 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska).

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Tampa trial attorney Steve Yerrid on CNBC to talk about BP’s calculated legal strategy

July 28th, 2010 No comments

Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid on CNBC yesterday to talk about BP’s calculated legal strategy, including a look at incoming CEO Bob Dudley’s claim that the company was not grossly negligent, as well as  how they’ve been “buying up” oil spill scientific experts.

Steve has been tapped by Florida Governor Charlie Crist to serve as special counsel on oil spill matters.

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Tampa attorney Latour “LT” Lafferty pens op-ed about Florida’s public corruption epidemic

July 28th, 2010 No comments

Tampa attorney Latour “LT” Lafferty, who heads up the White Collar Crime, Government Investigations and Regulatory Compliance Practice at the statewide law firm of Fowler White Boggs, has penned an op-ed about Florida’s public corruption epidemic. His piece has run (so far) in the Naples Daily News, Fort Myers News-Press and Florida Today.

A former federal prosecutor who focused on public corruption matters, Mr. Lafferty has also served as Florida Commissioner on Ethics.

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McClatchy investigative piece reveals success at containing spills led to BP gusher!

July 23rd, 2010 No comments

A just-published investigative piece by McClatchy Washington reporter Andrew Seidman reveals that a culture of complacency, perversely fostered by improvements in oil drillers’ ability to contain spills, was a major factor leading to the BP catastrophe.

Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid, who has been appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist as Special Counsel to advise him and the state on oil spill matters, is quoted in this piece.

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Tampa trial attorney Steve Yerrid on FOX Business News’ Money Rocks

July 13th, 2010 No comments

Steve Yerrid, appointed as special counsel on oil spill matters by Florida Governor Charlie Crist, on FBN’s Money Rocks last night to talk about the Sunshine State’s reponse to the BP disaster.

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Tampa trial attorney Steve Yerrid on CNBC

July 8th, 2010 No comments

Steve Yerrid, Florida’s special counsel on oil spill issues, talks turkey on CNBC today about the canard that is the Jones Act.

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Tampa trial lawyer Steve Yerrid profiled in today’s St. Pete Times

July 4th, 2010 No comments

stpeteGood feature story about Steve Yerrid, appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist as special counsel on oil spill matters on behalf of all Floridians.

This story also ran in today’s Miami Herald, along with a piece exploring legal wrangling over oil spill ahead that also quotes Yerrid

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National Law Journal feature on Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid

July 3rd, 2010 No comments

Nice piece in this week’s NLJ on Steve Yerrid, tapped by Florida Governor Charlie Crist to serve as special counsel on oil spill matters to work on behalf of all Floridians

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